The Polar Express Synopsis
A young boy's belief in Santa Claus leads him to the North Pole.
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San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
An enchanting, beautiful and brilliantly imagined film.
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The Hollywood Reporter

A story that soars with breakneck pace but slows in all the tender moments. Visually, this train ride is both majestic and...
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
A movie for more than one season; it will become a perennial, shared by the generations. It has a haunting, magical quality because it has...
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New York Daily News

By Jack Mathews
It's a sensation - both a milestone in computer-animation and a likely Christmas classic.
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Philadelphia Inquirer

By Steven Rea
Visually, taking its cues (mostly) from Van Allsburg's Hopperesque art, The Polar Express is eye-popping. Storywise, however, it can be...
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USA Today

By Claudia Puig
Simple and evocative, yet teeming with intriguing visual effects.
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Entertainment Weekly

By Lisa Schwarzbaum
The screenplay, by Zemeckis and William Broyles Jr., plumps Van Allsburg's simple fable about the purity of childhood faith in what can't...
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Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
Zemeckis and Hanks really seem to think they’re giving us a Christmas movie for the ages and a technology that will change cinema...
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Wall Street Journal

By Joe Morgenstern
A train wreck of mind-numbing proportions.
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Rolling Stone

By Peter Travers
The result is a failed and lifeless experiment in which everything goes wrong.
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By rajuarien

By Inked N Caked

Love it still

By montesalex96
I loved this when I was little and I still love it til this day (: great holiday movie ^_^...

Good movie

By panther96
It's a fun movie, but a little spooky/wierd in some parts. Overall an okay movie....

A True Christmas Classic

By elvisbeck
I thought this movie was a good, warm-hearted Christmas classic, perfect for the Holidays. I though Warner Bros did a spectular job making this film, especially with the CGI animantion they put into...

The Polar Express

By hillo
I believe this movie really captures the true spirit of Chistmas. I would recommend this movie to anyone! It is definitley a classic and will always remain my favorite holiday film of all time. I...

Awesome movie

By moviecrazy51

See it in IMAX

By Robie0322
I took my dad (70) to see it in IMAX 3-D. Talk about one heck of a train ride. This movie was fun. We had a great time. The effect on DVD is not the same as the big screen version. This should be out...

It does get boring after a while

By pookinsbear
It gets old after you've seen it through your entire childhood...

I saw it when it first came out.

By geovany15
This is one of my child hood favorite movies. It made me feel awesome about Christmas and it's such a good movie....

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Rated G
What Parents Need to Know
Common Sense Media says Book-based treat is full of adventure and positive messages.
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